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Dog photography tips and tricks

Not everyone is wandering around with professional kit in their hands and a subscription to Adobe Creative Suite, BUT most of do have a rather exceptional camera in our pockets most of the time. As they say, the best photo you can take is with the camera you have with you. Here are some top tips for taking photo’s of your dog that will make your portraits go from dog poo, to bow WOW!!! See what I did there?

  1. Get down to eye level. Yep, for all of you with a Yorkie or Pug (other short dogs are available) you are going to be on the floor, probably in the mud. Getting down to eye level or lower is one of the biggest changes you can make when photographing your pet. It makes the world of difference. Try a photo from above and then one at eye level and see for yourself.
  2. Avoid the Sun. I know what you are thinking…… But it’s so beautiful and the light is nice and bright. WRONG!!! Ideally shoot in golden hour or on an overcast day to avoid harsh light, blown highlights and far too much contrast. Backlight in golden hour is lovely for a glow around your dogs furry ears and adds a touch of magic to a picture.
  3. Don’t chop off your pets head. I mean, it’s solid advice in general right? But with photography having a horizon line or tree line straight through the neck area is distracting and takes the focus from your dogs face. Similarly so does having a tree growing out of it or a lamp post so keep and eye on your backgrounds.
  4. Avoid distractions, anything that draws the eye away from your pet is bad. Think bright areas, the colour red, eyes always got straight to red. Turn your picture upside down and see where your eye goes first. If it’s not to your pets face, you have a distraction to take care of.
  5. Composition is your foundation!! The rule of thirds is a great place to start Adobe have done a great article on it here. Place the dogs eye on one of the intersecting parts of the grid for a more powerful composition. If your subject is looking/moving to the left make sure you give them space to the left to move/look into. Always make sure you don’t crop too tight so that the subject has space to breath and stand on.

The most important tip of all is to have fun! Dogs love being outdoors and so do we. Have fun with your furry bestie, it’s what it is all about. Bring lots of treats and go somewhere beautiful.

Let me know if you try any of these top tips and how you got on.


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